Splatoon 2 debuted during the Nintendo Switch's first trailer, with a scene of several players sitting near each other and playing a competitive match. Today, Nintendo announced two features that should help make the Splatoon 2 tournaments in that scenario a little easier to execute.

First, the company announced that the game will feature a new spectator mode, which will allow up to two players to spectate private matches of the game from several angles, including a directed camera, an overhead view, and a player cam. You can watch a trailer of the feature in action below.

Along with the spectator mode, Nintendo also announced Splatoon will have the ability to host offline tournaments by connecting up to ten docked Switch consoles together (eight players, two spectators). This is in addition to the game's wireless local play, which lets undocked consoles play together.

[Source: Nintendo Of America On Twitter]

 

Our Take
It's cool to see Nintendo take Splatoon's competitive side a little more seriously, though finding the TVs necessary to host eight Splatoon players seems like a bit of hassle, though I imagine it'll be the standard for tournaments, which typically shy away from any sort of wireless play for in-person matches.